Paul Joyal (Moderator)
National Strategies, LLC (NSI)
Paul M. Joyal is Managing Director of NSI’s Homeland Security and Public Safety division, providing leadership to the law enforcement and public safety practice. He has extensive business-development experience with law enforcement and national security entities nationwide; he served as a federal law enforcement officer and as director of security for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1980 to 1989.
A member of the Prince Georges County Law Enforcement Task Force and previously on the transition team for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and PG County Executive Rushern Baker’s transition team for public safety, Mr. Joyal serves on the National CyberWatch Center advisory team, and on the advisory board of GOVSEC, the annual government security conference and exposition. Active in many professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, ASIS International, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Paul is past president of the Maryland chapter of the FBI’s InfraGard program, and was elected to the National InfraGard board of directors, where he is serving his second term and chairs its Resources Committee and the Intelligence-Fusion Center Committee.
In addition to his focus on domestic law enforcement and national security entities, Mr. Joyal has extensive international experience. He founded his own company in 1991 and established joint ventures in telecommunications and air transportation in Russia and Georgia, respectively. As Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Report on Russia and the former Soviet Republics, Mr. Joyal published a daily intelligence newsletter for ten years and offered a range of consultation services to a number of fortune 100 firms pursuing opportunities in the former Soviet Union, Turkey and Iraq. In 1998, he represented the Georgian government before the U.S. Congress and Departments as its first lobbyist. In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Joyal was active in Iraq in a number of capacities. Upon his return he was recruited by Remington Arms for the position of operations director for Remington Elsag Law Enforcement Systems in its national rollout.
A frequent commentator on former Soviet Union, counter-terrorism and intelligence affairs for BBC, ABC, NBC, Dateline, Nightline, Cross Fire, TIME, Newsweek and other media outlets, Paul has been featured in programs such as the NBC Rock Center broadcast about the FBI's Trident BreACH international cybercrime takedown (March 2012), and NBC Dateline’s award-nominated program, “Who Killed Alexander Litvinenko - Death of a Secret Agent” (February 2007). At annual GovSec/FOSE events, Paul has presented on topics including: "Net Centric Public Safety, How Technology and Intelligence methods are changing Law Enforcement Management and Operations for Homeland Security" (2007); “The Threat of State Sponsored Terrorism” (2008); “Brave New World of the 5-Day Russo-Georgia War: Where Cyber and Military Might Combined for War Fighting Advantage (2009); “The New Threat Matrix: Cyber Espionage and Criminal Hacking” (2010). In 2011 he led a panel on the “Arab Spring, Implications for America and the Middle East and the impact of social media,” and provided the keynote at the annual FOSE convention, “Operation Trident BreACH, the FBI’s international cybercrime takedown.”
The 2011 recipient of the Linda Franklin National Achievement Award, the National InfraGard’s highest honor, Mr. Joyal was recognized along with Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, as one of the principal leadership awardees of the Golden Eagle Award, “Defender of Counterintelligence and Homeland Security,” given by the Respect for Law Alliance of New York City. He was decorated with Georgia’s highest civilian award, the Order of Honor, for his service promoting Georgian independence and integration with the West.
An International Fellow of the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, Mr. Joyal received a master’s degree in International Relations from Catholic University.